Columbia Gorge Food Bank Community Philanthropy Program Manager

Food Bank
Columbia Gorge Food Bank Community Philanthropy Program Manager

Who You Are: You care deeply about community, about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are committed to apply equity as a process and an outcome of your work to disrupt systemic social patterns that promote hunger such as racism, sexism, and cissexism. You have a strong affinity with OFB’s 10 Year Vision and are profoundly excited to achieve this vision for and with our community.

Position Summary: The CGFB Community Philanthropy Program Manager will join the Columbia Gorge Food Bank (CGFB) team to cultivate a sustainable base of local philanthropic support for CGFB - to advance OFB’s mission and vision within Hood River, Sherman, and Wasco counties. The Program Manager is responsible for developing and stewarding regenerative relationships and mobilizing resources in the CGFB region by building systems and programs that lead to philanthropic success for the food bank. In collaboration with the CGFB Manager and colleagues in OFB’s Community Philanthropy and Partnerships & Programs departments, the Program Manager will bring shape and structure to CGFB’s philanthropy program and contextualize OFB’s broader philanthropic objectives in the Columbia River Gorge. With long-term plans for eventual community ownership, the Program Manager will partner both internally and externally. This position requires creativity, a strong sense of possibility, a high tolerance for ambiguity, and an unwavering commitment to advancing racial, gender, and economic justice.

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Opportunity type
Programs / Agency Relations / Clients
Job responsibilities

-In collaboration with the CGFB Manager, Community Philanthropy Dept., and other OFB colleagues, lead multiple aspects of CGFB’s local and regional fundraising strategy; including, but not limited to: corporate and community relations, grassroots giving, major and mid-level gifts, planned giving, special events, grants, and campaigns.
-Ensure that CGFB is establishing, strengthening, and retaining long-term, transformational and regenerative partnerships with donors and prospects while utilizing equity-driven messaging that centers our clients, identifies systemic oppression as hunger’s root cause, and furthers our 10-year vision through an equity lens.
-With internal guidance and support, build systems and processes necessary for successful local fundraising; including, but not limited to: donor tracking, recognition, prospect identification and stewardship.
-In collaboration with the CGFB Assistant Manager - Operations, cultivate relationships with the region’s agricultural community, with an intent to both generate food and fund donations for CGFB and engage agricultural partners in our systems change efforts.
-Support the CGFB Manager in representing the food bank in the community, including but not limited to: attending community events, delivering presentations, responding to media inquiries (in collaboration with Strategic Communications).
-Envision and, in coordination with COMPHY, create regular mailings, advertising, and other promotional activities to generate leads.
-Where necessary, coordinate various community engagement activities, such as community events, volunteer opportunities, and/or social media in coordination with OFB’s Strategic Communications Team.

Organizational level responsibilities of exempt employees include:
-To be an ambassador and a leader for OFB’s vision and mission, a cross-departmental collaborator, and an active contributor to building a movement to end hunger for good.

In consultation and coordination with the supervisor, actively contribute to:
-cross-departmental efforts
-work culture activities and programming
-advisory and consultative groups such as the compensation committee, affinity groups, Equity Ambassadors, Equity Think Tank meetings, among others
-plan and engage in professional development activities that strengthen your capacity for your specific role as well as your capacity to contribute and advance organizational goals, OFB’s vision and mission.
-Other related duties as assigned.

Application qualifications

-3+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising; e.g. fund development, major gifts, annual giving, corporate relations, planned giving, special events, and/or campaigns.
-Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills including experience with persuasive writing for donor proposals and strategies.
-Skilled relationship manager, with an emphasis on cultivating and strengthening values-based partnerships.
-Existing relationships in Wasco, Sherman and/or Hood River Counties. Experience as a trusted leader in the region.
-Ability to motivate people to increasing levels of generosity.
-Ability to manage multiple relationships to the point of and through solicitation.
-Proven ability to provide strategic direction related to establishing a compelling vision for resource development initiatives.
-Ability to work with prospect research to identify, evaluate, solicit, and cultivate prospects.
-Clear dedication to racial justice, inclusion and equity and ability to effectively apply these frameworks in the context of philanthropy work, and in rural or small town communities. Experience modeling intercultural competence.
-Self-directed and skilled at strategic implementation to achieve goals and outcomes, including demonstrated experience building and tracking successful programs and systems “from scratch.”
-Exceptional interpersonal skills with high degree of emotional intelligence; possess cultural agility skills to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and communities.
-Solutions-oriented, with an ability to bring creative solutions to complex problems.
-Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail, ability to handle interruptions, maintain focus on tasks and produce accurate work.
-Interpersonal, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and meeting facilitation skills.
-Proficient in computer skills and familiarity with software and applications including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, EveryAction, Zoom, Raiser’s Edge; ability to quickly master new software and online tools.
-Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing conditions and shifting demands.

Organizational level skills and experience for exempt employees include:
-Disposition and willingness to innovate, problem-solve, test, fail and adjust.
-Experience in modeling intercultural competence and demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.
-Demonstrated ability to think strategically, take initiative, and to maintain confidentiality.
-Project coordination and organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; ability to handle interruptions, meet deadlines and complete accurate work.
-Self-directed, meets benchmarks and checks assumptions about the end goal. Clear on personal role in the team, shows willingness to support others to build momentum and share success; comfortable working in an office environment and offsite.
-Ability to thrive in a creative, responsive, and fast-paced culture.

Preferred Qualifications:
Organizational level preferred qualifications of exempt employees include:
-Multilingual skills at a minimum professional level of proficiency or greater in English and any additional language/s, defined as being able to speak the languages with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical and professional topics.
-Multicultural skills of adaptation and integration are strongly preferred.
-Adaptation is defined as the capacity to communicate and interact with people of multiple cultures, backgrounds, and styles by incorporating and adapting to the world view and perspectives of others.
-Integration is defined as being able to move in and out of one's worldview and help others understand different cultures, backgrounds, and styles to promote diversity and inclusion. .
-Commitment to continued professional development to strengthen capacity to work through an equity lens for equity and racial justice.
-Strong capacity to consider multiple perspectives, to pivot to respond to emerging needs and lead through organizational changes.
-Personal living/lived experience of hunger and/or systemic inequity/oppression.


Comprehensive and competitive benefits package provided.

How to apply

Please apply through our website

About the organization

Who We Are: Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of systemic barriers to employment, education, housing and health care such as systemic racism, sexism, and cissexism. That’s why we work systemically to achieve our mission to end hunger: we foster community connections to help people access nutritious food, and we build community power and strengthen networks of support and the safety net to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.

We build community power to dismantle systems and policies that drive hunger and poverty.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can increase the diversity of our organization and strengthen our capacity to eliminate hunger. We believe strongly in the power of lived experience — and we actively seek individuals who have experienced hunger and its root causes to join our team. Our organization is stronger because of the leadership of people who have faced food insecurity in their own lives and/or hail from historically under-represented communities. Learn more about our commitment at

Additional information

Applications will be accepted through November 14th at 9:00PM PST. A cover letter is required for consideration. This role is currently hybrid. The pay range is $65,398-$73,807. In anticipation of the upcoming OSHA mandate, proof of COVID vaccination status will be required and/or an Oregon Food Bank approved exemption for health or religious reasons, which will require weekly COVID testing.

The Fine Print:
Work environment: Work is performed in an office environment while sitting in meetings or at a computer screen for extended periods inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank and will use computer and phones extensively. May work outside of general working hours of 8:00 – 5:00 p.m., such as evenings and weekends, and occasional travel out of town may occur. This role requires travel/personal vehicle use /work outside normal hours. Work may require to lift, move and carry objects from 20 to 40 pounds, such as boxes containing office and other supplies. Crouching, bending, kneeling and reaching when filing. Accommodations may be available upon request.

Background Check: This position does require a criminal background check. Criminal background checks may be required for the following reasons:
Insurance requirement
Job duties requirements include unsupervised administration of cash or other liquid assets.
A criminal record unrelated to theft, assault, or sexual violence may not make you ineligible to work at Oregon Food Bank. We actively support all our staff in developing relevant skills and capacities to improve job retention and advancement.